P.M. Varier takes over the reins of Kottackal Arya Vaidhya Sala

P. Madhavankutty Varier has taken over the reins of the 119-year old Kottackal Arya Vaidya Sala. This follows the demise of Dr. P.K. Warrier, who helmed the renowned institution for nearly seven decades.

Dr. Madhankutty Varier has been serving as Chief Physician and Trustee Board member of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala. A meeting of the board held on Sunday chose Dr. Varier, who is widely known in Ayurveda circles as P.M. Varier, as new Managing Trustee. He became Chief Physician of the Arya Vaidya Sala in 2019.

Dr. Varier, who will turn 74 in December, began his career as an Assistant Physician at the Arya Vaidya Sala in 1969 after obtaining a Post Graduate Degree from the Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram.

He became Arya Vaidya Sala’s factory manager in 1985. In 1993, he headed Arya Vaidya Sala’s Chennai branch. He was elevated to Additional Chief Physician’s rank in 1995, and to Superintendent’s rank in 1999. Since 2007, Dr. Varier has been a Trustee Board member.

Married to Shailaja Madhavankutty, who is Arya Vaidya Sala’s Senior Manager (Materials), Dr. Varier has been a governing body member of the Kerala Ayurvedic Studies and Research Society; President of the Travancore-Cochin Medical Council (Indigenous Medicine); President of the Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturers Association; President of the Kerala Ayurveda Mandalam; and Member of the Union Government’s Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee.

Dr. Varier is also a Member of the State Ayurveda Advisory Committee and the Union Government’s Ayurveda Siddha Unani Drug Technical Advisory Board.

Recipient of the State government’s Dhanwantari Award in 2014, Dr. Varier is a fellow of the Rashtreeya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth since 2009.

Responding to his elevation as the Managing Trustee of the Arya Vaidya Sala, Dr. Varier said  his effort would be to carry on the great legacy left by his uncle and strive to take Arya Vaidya Sala to greater heights. He said Dr. Warrier’s passing was a great blow to the Arya Vaidya Sala family, especially at a time when COVID-19 was posing an array of challenges.

The board meeting expressed grief over Dr. Warrier’s death. Apart from Dr. Varier, board members P. Raghava Varier, K. Muraleedharan, C.E. Unnikrishnan, K.R. Ajay, and Sujit S. Warrier; Advisor K.M. Chandrasekhar and Chief Executive Officer G.C. Gopala Pillai attended the meeting.

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